Iowa is the fourth best state for aging, according to U.S. News & World Report, the global rankings authority. The new ranking is part of a package evaluating how states address and prioritize the needs of older citizens, finding that the best states for aging in the country are concentrated in the Midwest.
Colorado took the top spot on the list for its high quality nursing facilities and healthy senior population. Maine and Hawaii were ranked second and third, respectively, because of their strong Medicare programs and high life expectancy of their residents.
Iowa came in fourth on the list and was noted as having the lowest proportion of residents ages 65 or older experiencing mental distress. The state also ranks fourth among states for the health of its 65+ residents.
"As lifespans lengthen and the baby-boomer generation enters its golden years, communities are figuring out how to address the emergence of a larger elderly population," said Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News. "In keeping with our mission of providing transparency for the benefit of state leaders, businesses and citizens, U.S. News has determined how well states are serving this growing population."
To determine the rankings, U.S. News evaluated all 50 states across 12 metrics, including life expectancy, quality of Medicare programs, cost of care, population health and nursing home quality. Ranked within the Top 10 were Iowa (4), South Dakota (5), Wisconsin (6) and Minnesota (7), with Nebraska, Kansas and North Dakota falling within the Top 20.
"Best States for Aging" is part of U.S. News' expanding government rankings portfolio, which evaluates how governments best serve their citizens through data analysis, charts, trends and developments.